IITA in Malawi

The IITA research station in Lilongwe, Malawi is the oldest IITA station in the southern Africa region. It was established in the country in 1987, at the request of the then Southern Africa Centre for Cooperation in Agricultural Research and Training (SACCAR) on behalf of SADC to execute the project known then as East and Southern Africa Root Crops Research Network (ESARRN). ESARRN was responsible for coordinating activities in East and Southern Africa and maintaining an interdisciplinary approach to deal with major constraints to production and productivity of root crops in the region, such as the cassava mealybug. The first notable success achieved through ESARRN was the IITA-led biological control of the cassava mealybug in Malawi. The success of the program brought cassava into the mainstream of food policy debates in Malawi and neighbouring countries such as Zambia.

Quick Facts

  Capital: Lilongwe

  Currency: Malawian Kwacha

  Area (total): 118,484 km2

  Population: 15.4 million (UN, 2011 estimate)

  IITA staff: 36


IITA’s mandate crops in Malawi are:
Cassava, Soybean, Cowpea, Maize and Groundnut

Contact us

Reach our Malawi Office the following channels:

  Dr. Arega Alene

  IITA Country Representative

  +265 1707014/022


  Chitedze Research Station, Lilongwe 3, Malawi